Lions top Redskins 20-17 on Stafford's TD pass to Boldin

DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford dropped back and delivered a strike, threading a sharp pass between a lunging linebacker and a blanketing cornerback.

Stafford's go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left lifted the Detroit Lions to a 20-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"I cut it loose and I kind thought to myself, 'We're going either win the game or lose the game on this one,'" Stafford said. "It was a tight window."

The Lions (4-3) have won three straight thanks in large part to Stafford making clutch throws in the final minutes, giving him 24 career wins with game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

"He does not back down from tough situations," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "He relishes in them."

Stafford, who set up game-winning kicks in the previous two games, was 18 of 29 for 266 yards with one TD and no turnovers in the 100th game of his career.

"With Stafford, it's never in the bag if it's close," Redskins safety Will Blackmon said. "I call him (Brett) Farve Jr. because those are the kind of attributes and intangibles he has."

The Redskins (4-3) had won four straight and looked like they were going to extend their winning streak when Kirk Cousins scored a go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run with 1:05 left.

Washington, though, failed to stop Stafford from throwing or running on his last possession and could not overcome mistakes that included turnovers, a missed field goal and penalties.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden lamented the scheme his team used to on Stafford's last snap.

"We should have blitzed seven or eight," Gruden said. "But we were playing coverage that we've been playing for a long time and guys were comfortable with. (Linebacker) Will Compton missed it by a fraction of a hair."

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